About This Career
Power Engineering Technologists and Stationary/Steam Engineers operate and maintain reactors, steam and gas turbines, boilers, generators, stationary gas and diesel internal combustion engines, auxiliary equipment or controls related to generating electrical power. In the oil and gas industry, any plant or facility that operates using pressurized equipment will require their operators to have a power engineering certification. This includes gas plant operations, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) operations, mining extraction operations, upgrading operations, co-generation/utilities, oilfield waste management plants, etc. The responsibilities of these operators vary based on the class of certification a worker carries (e.g., 3rd Class certificate).
Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) and provincial or territorial power or stationary engineering certification is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed by the exploration and production (E&P) and oil sands, and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Boiler Operator, Building Engineer, Operating Engineer, Plant Operator, Plant Utilities Engineer, Stationary Steam Engineer, Utilities Operator, Building Systems Technician, Electrical Power Systems Operator, Bitumen Plant Operator, Gas Plant Operator, Gas Compressor Operator, Gaugers, Heavy Oil Process Operator, SAGD Facility Operator, LNG Plant Operator, LNG Process Operator, Process Operator, Production Operator, Facility Operator, Waste Treatment Operator
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As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- LNG facility operations
- Turnaround maintenance
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Working from Heights
Some Overtime Required
Oil and gas services
- High School Diploma (or equivalent)